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As a child I used to love all kinds of nature documents on TV, actually I still do. I wanted to be a zoo keeper working with elephants, or a marine biologist and study whales and dolphins. One of my childhood idols was Jacques Cousteau. I still remember his iconic red cap, and it was the inspiration for my knitting. The red yarn I chose is not quite as intense as the one he used to wear but a bit subtler, rustier shade.

My idea for this cap was that it could be worn in a couple of ways. So it can be a loose “boyfriend” type of a slouch or a beanie, when the hem is doubled. I also wanted to make something that is easy and effortless to knit so you can finish it in a day or two, and watch TV at the same time. All my caps and beanies are adorned with cables or lace, and I wanted to knit something simple, but still versatile and wearable for daily use. I’ve noticed that the more advanced knitter I have become, the more I have shifted away for basic simple knits and shapes, and I wanted to correct that. I made mine while watching Planet Earth with David Attenborough on Netflix, a perfect fit for this sea life inspired cap I would say.

I will write down and share the pattern for this hat as soon as I’ve had time to knit another similar to revise the instructions.  

Worn beanie-style, rolled up and purlside showing

Worn beanie-style, rolled up and purlside showing

Slouchy hat

Slouchy hat, knit side showing.


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